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Palmer rejects criticism over water trucking

(L-R)
BUCHANAN... Palmer short
changed Pedro Plains Division.
PALMER... says he used his
own money to buy water for
constituents.
Gregory Myers crossed the
floor of the St Elizabeth Parish
Council.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Councillor for the Pedro Plains Division, Jeremy Palmer (Jamaica Labour Party) has sharply rejected criticism that he has "short changed" the people of his division by trucking water to neighbouring Southfield. In fact, said Palmer, he has on many occasions been for ... Read More

Headley Smith with two of his caregivers, Mitzie Clarke (left)
and Tishana Buckley. Meet Viv's Rest Home model resident
NEWPORT, Manchester — No doubt, the combination of personalities of the 12 residents currently ... Read More

GREEN... there is much to be done with this project. Green launches St Elizabeth basic school rehab project
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for South West St Elizabeth, Floyd Green will use Labour Day 20 ... Read More

Raymond Pryce with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at the launch of the classroom project
in Balaclava. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT) Pryce banking on achievements ahead of challenge
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Some say Raymond Pryce will have an uphill battle shaking off the ... Read More

May Pen Hospital thankful for US Medical Mission

Monday, May 18, 2015    

Parish Manager of the Clarendon Health Services Joseph Grant examines an anaesthetic machine in
the newly commissioned Maternity Ward Operating Theatre.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Southern Regional Health Authority is reporting that a US Medical Mission, the United Mission of Goodwill, was of great help in reducing the surgical waiting list at the May Pen Hospital . A release from the SRHA said over over 100 medical procedures were done including 70 surgical and 30 endoscopy (a non-surgical procedure to probe the digestive tract) examinations. Senior Medical Officer at the May Pen Hospital, Dr Bradley Edwards, reportedly said the New ... Read More

A giant step for the environment

Monday, May 18, 2015    

People preparing to
plant their chosen
variety of tree(s).

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The mass tree planting plans which took root here on Friday was, according to stakeholders, more than a symbolic act as efforts to mark the parish's bicentennial continues. Manchester, Jamaica's youngest parish, is in its 200th year. Historians say that it came into being on December 13, 1814 through an amalgamation of parts of St Elizabeth, Clarendon and Vere, with the latter later assimilated into Clarendon. It was named in honour of the Duke of Manchester, the ... Read More

Charity and Beauty

Monday, May 18, 2015    

Contestants in preparation mode for the June 13 Miss Jamaica World Middlesex competition.

Mandeville, Manchester — For members of the Lions Club of Mandeville- organisers of the annual Men Who Cook- the event staged earlier this month served multiple purposes. Included among them, is that it created an avenue to raise funds for varying community projects, allowed corporate sponsors to showcase their products and services and built camaraderie as it was an opportunity for people to dine, interact and engage in other fun activities in a family-oriented atmosphere. At this year' ... Read More

Hike in Manchester Children's Court cases

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter | Monday, May 18, 2015    

A section of the audience at Mandeville Baptist Church for the
public forum.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Children's officer at the Child Development Agency (CDA) in Manchester, Donna Fuller-Henry, says criminal offences involving children as victims, as well as perpetrators, are spiralling. "When I first got this job ten years ago, court in Manchester was just one day, that's Children's Court. Now in this parish the issues with children (in court) are four, five days for the month," she said. "Children are committing crimes and the perpetrators of some of the sexua ... Read More

BMR wind project going well, says Paulwell

Monday, May 18, 2015    

The BMR site in Malvern when Paulwell visited recently.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell described himself as "very pleased" during a recent visit to the BMR Jamaica Wind Limited project at windswept Potsdam, close to Munro College in Malvern. Paulwell came for an update on the progress of work towards the installation of 11 wind turbines, each with maximum output of 3.3MW. The project forms part of the Jamaican Government's drive to diversify energy sources and reduce the country's US$2-billion oil bill. The BMR pr ... Read More

State of fire service triggers alarm in St Elizabeth

Monday, May 18, 2015    

The Santa Cruz fire station is currently the best equipped in St Elizabeth. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

Black River, St Elizabeth — Member of Parliament for South East St Elizabeth, Richard Parchment says he will be taking steps today to have an out-of-service fire truck at Junction repaired as quickly as possible. Parchment who attended the monthly St Elizabeth Parish Council meeting on Thursday heard a report from the parish's fire chief Senior Deputy Superintendent Conroy Ghans that the fire services were in dire straits even as bush fires multiply in a rapidly worsening drought. Ghans ... Read More

Humble Lion hunt glory

BY OSHANE TOBIAS Observer writer | Monday, May 18, 2015    

Humble Lion players
celebrate a victory
over Reno FC earlier
in the season.

MAY PEN, Clarendon — Humble Lion, football standard bearers for this south-central parish, will continue their hunt for the Red Stripe Premier League title when they host Arnett Gardens in the second leg of their semi-final tie at the Effortville Community Centre tonight. Game time is 8:30 pm. The winner of this game, tied 1-1 from the first leg, will meet the winner of the Montego Bay United-Waterhouse FC clash in the final. For Humble Lion, advancing to the final would be a remarkable ... Read More

A child shall lead them!

Monday, May 18, 2015    

Three-year-old Mandeville Infant School student Justin Cohen was the youngest participant in a mass tree-planting exercise on Friday at Brooks Park Sports
and Recreational Centre in Mandeville. Two hundred trees were scheduled to be planted in the 'Manchester 200 and growing' project initiated by Star Grill
Restaurant in tandem with the firm ThelKar Communications. Organisers say the project is motivated by the need for sustainable development.
(PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT)

Three year old Mandeville Infant School student Justin Cohen was the youngest participant in a mass tree planting exercise on Friday at Brooks Park Sports and Recreational Centre in Mandeville. Two hundreds trees were scheduled to be planted in the 'Manchester 200 and growing' project initiated by Star Grill Restaurant in tandem with the firm ThelKar Communications. Organisers say the project is motivated by the need for sustainable development. Photo: Gregory Bennett A child shall lead them! ... Read More

Belair Prep, Mt St Joseph top Child Month marathon

Monday, May 18, 2015    

Belair Prep students, coach and others at the event shared the team's joy.

Mandeville, Manchester — Belair Preparatory and Mt St Joseph Preparatory emerged the top schools in a recent Kiddies Marathon staged for Child's Month. Belair was named as the overall awardee in both the 1.5K and 5K categories. Mt St Joseph Preparatory took the title in the 2.5K. The competition, which targets preparatory and primary schools, started last year as an initiative of Mt St Joseph Preparatory principal, Jem Stanley. She said it was a way to encourage long distance running ... Read More

For Your Diary

Monday, May 18, 2015    

A diary

1) Wednesday May 20 (10:00am) Apiculture Graduation and Equipment Handover Ceremony HEART TRUST/NTA -- Ebony Park Toll Gate, Clarendon 2) Monday May 25 Labour Day Projects Manchester, Clarendon, St Elizabeth 3) Friday May 29 (9:00am) Belair Early Childhood Department Career Day Belair School, Mandeville 4) Friday May 29 Ministry of Health/Southern Regional Health Authority Food Safety Exposition Alligator Pond Primary School South Manchester 5) Friday May 29 (1:00pm) Yabnel Care ... Read More



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